Yanko Design Top 50 - Best of 2013

Yanko Design Top 50 – Best of 2013

If we reflect upon the trends predicted for 2013, then some of the prophecies have come true. For example, Contextual Design is no longer a buzzword and neither is it just restricted to user application. With research tools at their easy disposal, a consumer is no longer taken in by marketing ploys. Authenticity in the design, value, emotional context and above all simplicity; designs that reflect these core ethics have made their place in the free market.

0 Designers: Various

Best of Appliances in 2013

Best of Appliances in 2013

We love our coffee! Period. Of all the innovative cook-tops, washing machines and cleaners, the java maker has won the competition hands down. Three out of the ten most inventive appliance concepts from 2013 has something to do with coffee. Nothing like a steaming cuppa brew to get the day going! Here’s the recap for you to follow…

0 Designers: Various

Tablet Desk 2.0

Tablet Desk 2.0

Deceptively simple and highly adaptable, the Bee9 Tablet Desk 2.0 is designed to redefine not what a desk is, but where you can put it. Its simple yet effective tablet sliding system adapts to the user’s needs quickly and easily. The drop-leaf design’s material frugality and small footprint make optimum use of limited space, making it perfect for the apartment or small studio. Watch it in the making!

0 Designer: Bee9

Worry Free E-trike

Worry Free E-trike

The KAYLAD-e trike makes getting around the city a cinch! The electric pedal-assisted design focuses on safety and security to give the rider peace of mind both on and off the trike. Head, tail and direction LED lights give the rider visibility while integrated locks secure the bike and any cargo from theft. In the event that someone is able to make off with it, built-in GPS makes it possible to track down.

0 Designer: Dimitris Niavis

EV for Equality

EV for Equality

For years, cars have been retrofit with systems that allow disabled individuals to drive, but never before has an entire car been adapted from the ground up for those with mobile disabilities. The first of its kind, the EQUAL concept extends the compact car experience to disabled individuals in an easy-to-use, stylish vehicle that blurs the lines between what is and isn’t possible. Check out the inspirational video after the jump!

0 Designer: Absolute Design

Best of Bathroom Concepts in 2013

Best of Bathroom Concepts in 2013

When you got you go…you got to go! But after you’re done and take stock of your environment, then it really sinks in, are you using a classy bathroom or is it just another crappy (pun intended) place to relive yourself? Truth is, we all love innovations in the bathroom space, be it a tushy-warming toilet seat or a high-tech bath. 2013 saw some radicle trends that addressed the space crunch by merging the living and bathing space, as well as elegance in designing techniques.

0 Designers: Various

Your Best Friend In the Morning

Your Best Friend In the Morning

VOX is a the ultimate addition to any bedroom that aims to maximize your sleep schedule! Ideal for couples, the system features directional lighting and speakers so individual users can enjoy their favorite TV show, read a book, or snooze the alarm without disturbing the other. Its “personal assistant” feature will also read your emails, tell you the traffic and weather, or keep you up to date on your social media while you get ready in the morning!

0 Designer: Fábio Martins

iPhone Case Up In Da Club

iPhone Case Up In Da Club

Fun, functional, and a bit funky. That’s Sparkbeats. This wild case takes your iPhone LED flashlight (the same light used for taking flash photos) and bends the light rays through its patterned back. An easy to use app lets you customize the motion depending on your music or other notifications. From the boardroom to the club, Sparkbeats brings a spark of light to your life!

0 Designer: Sparkbeats [ Buy it Here ]

No More Woof!

No More Woof!

Ever wondered what your dog is thinking? Well, the No More Woof project might be the first step in answering that question. The concept uses the same EEG technology that’s previously only been used to analyze human neural patterns, to decipher the animal’s unique electro-brainwaves. Simple patterns are identified on a loudspeaker, including: “I’m tired,” “I’m hungry,” and even “Who are you?” when seeing a new face!

0 Designer: The Nordic Society for Discovery & Invention

Smarty Pants Packaging

Smarty Pants Packaging

The Transforma t-shirt package will be adored by retailers and fashionistas alike! The clever design has a window that allows customers to both see the color of the t-shirt and feel the texture of the material. Once the user brings the package home, it can be recombined to double as a hanger! Composed of moulded paper pulp, it’s both recyclable and affordable. Watch the transformation —>

0 Designer: Asli Ozcivelek

Best of Watch Concepts in 2013

Best of Watch Concepts in 2013

It was the year of the iWatch and then some! Three innovative approaches to the fabled watch from the house of Apple; with similar yet distinct visions the designers wow-ed us with their approach. Here is a quick recap of the watch concepts that you loved and wished adorned your wrist…or finger! Take a look…

0 Designers: Various

Double The Fun

Double The Fun

I always get bummed about trying to hook my USB stick the wrong way; such a simple thing and yet so frustrating! Amends are being made to the design as we speak, which is why the 2-TOP dual-sided USB flash drive makes perfect sense. It’s all about the user experience and convenience I tell ya!

0 Designers: Xing Xing Deng & Shurun Shen

Switch It Up

Switch It Up

Pump up the jam with the Switch Portable Bluetooth Speaker
and Professional Conference Call device. The goodies don’t end here; the thang is also a mobile phone charger! Moreover it is a 3-way speaker that easily pairs wirelessly to Bluetooth devices. Using a full-duplex microphone system, you get clarity of voice. Design-wise I just think it’s clever to shape it like a Lego brick!

0 Designer: Native Union